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Forum topic by Oida posted 02-23-2018 04:18 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Oida

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02-23-2018 04:18 PM

Hello -

I am a beginner woodworker. Last weekend I was at a garage sale and came across these chisels and bought them. I have no idea what I’m holding. A search on Google for came up with little.

The four wood carving tools are sizes 30, 26, 20 and I cannot read the size of the smallest carver

The two chisels are sized 26, 6

Would anyone shed some light on the maker of these hand tools? I think the name of the maker is Bracht.

Are these things something of value?

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-- Tom M.


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 04:21 PM

Decent stuff I think. Made in Germany.

There are a few measures of chisel quality.
Steel is one, with high carbon steels holding
an edge longer and vanadium steel chisels
resisting rust better.

Another is how ready to work the chisels
come from the factory. Some chisels require
a lot of work to flatten the backs, some don’t.

Then there’s stuff like handle style. All styles
work but some you can’t whack with a hammer.
Some wood handles have special shapes to fit
the hand or prevent rolling. Cost of manufacture
varies with the style.

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 04:49 PM

Sorry, but Photobucket-hosted pics don’t show up anymore, as you can see. Pls post directly into LJs via the “img” button. It’s easy, and can be done on a phone or with PC-based pics. That’s so we can see those Bracht chisels.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 06:27 PM

Okay, now we’re cookin’ with gas…

They look great! A decent set of gouges along with a couple bevel edged chisels.

Don’t know anything about Bracht, maybe consult the google and learn more. Best suggestion is to sharpen the chisels and give them a go. Edge retention, the way they feel in the hand, overall weight, etc. are things you can decide on. Great find in my book, as I’ve been wanting to add a gouge or two lately (unsuccessfully, I might add).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Oida

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#4 posted 02-23-2018 06:39 PM

Your prompt reply is much appreciated! I haven’t had a chance to give them them the broad sides of my sharpening stones as they deserve, much less give them a go. But I will be sure to give you my feedback on how feel once I get them working.

Cheers!
Tom

-- Tom M.

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#5 posted 02-23-2018 06:41 PM

No problem, enjoy, and I look forward to the update. Welcome to LJs!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 02-23-2018 07:01 PM

Edit because im an idiot.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 02-24-2018 12:45 AM

I have a set of Bracht chisels (all flat) that I inherited from my father, in a fitted box he made for them, and they’re a pleasure to use. Beyond that I can’t say much as I don’t need them that often.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com

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